This ride is located northeast of Escondido in San Diego's north County region. Beginning a few miles from the center of Escondido, the ride quickly climbs through rocky, boulder-strewn land. There are good views of adjacent Lake Dixon as the trail roller-coasters through the Diegan coastal sage scrub ecosystem and into some grasslands. Ponds are sprinkled on both sides of the trail as you meander to the Ranch House, a 1928 redwood building that served as the headquarters for the Daley family dairy. this is a shady, cool place to stop for a break before climbing up the steep Central Valley Loop Trail. As you approach the ranch's northern border, the route unveils a fun, quick singletrack that leads to a steep downhill. afterwards, a more mellow descent past ducks and ospreys returns you to the ranch entrance and the parking lot. It's now just a few minutes drive to a celebratory burrito in Escondido.
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